A Travellerspoint blog

France

Awaycation Winter 2022 - Day 5

What can I saw about the Camping-Car Park Aire at Castelnaudary?

Firstly, it's in a great place almost by the Canal du Midi. Secondly, it's not far from the town centre and its bars and restaurants.

Thirdly. It's bloody noisy! Not from the campers but from the road alongside. Traffic eventually stopped around midnight and started again about 4.30am.

So we were already awake when the alarm on my watch tinkled quietly.

We wanted to be away earlyish as we had a visit to Carcassonne to squeeze in before visiting friends John and Ann in Moux between Carcassonne and Narbonne.

They have lived there for 14 plus years. It must be 18 or so since we had a few beers when we both worked in Islington.

Anyway. We left about 10.10am. It was of course raining when Reggie had his morning constitutional and when I had to empty the toilet cassette.

So far it has rained every day.

The drive to Carcassonne was easy enough. Finding the Camping-Car spaces in the new city was impossible. I'd almost given up when we were heading out and could see the Cité off to the right on top of a hill.

I reset the satnav and off we went. Despite signs to go straight on where it was signposted Cité I allowed myself to follow Ohrex's instructions. We weaved through what looked to be a recent housing development only to encounter "route barrée"! Retracing our steps to follow the signs we arrived at the bus and Camping-Car parking. Just to the left was the other end of route barrée!

We had an hour or so in the drizzle in the magnificent old city. There was hardly anyone about which made it easier with refusnik Reggie.

I only took one photo on my phone, the rest on the Canon.

large_IMG_20221125_121025420_HDR.jpg

The Camping-Car parking seems to allow overnighting as it charges by the hour upto 24 hours. It is also huge.

We arrived in Moux about 1.45pm. John was waiting and we parked up. The house is really nice in a converted barn with huge garage alongside. Ann made a simple lunch and it was really nice. Some two and a half hours later we had to leave.

Tonight's stay is at the municipal owned camping-car aire in St Cyprien Plage. I hadn't booked. As we were so late we decided to take the toll motorway from near Moux to south of Perpignan. It was quicker than the non toll route.

It was actually sunny as we headed south from Narbonne towards Perpignan. The mountain in the distance is Canigou.

large_IMG_20221125_171805114_HDR.jpg

Traffic was heavy from J42 on the A9 and it was past 6.35pm when we arrived. The machine on the gate worked well and we were in and parked. There are loads of vans in here. All a bit closer together than on a site. But this is costing €10.10 for a night including EHU I can guess why it's packed.

We had a walk around the adjacent marina. Ordered pizza at a little shop nearby. Reggie was once again not happy walking about.

IMG_20221125_185645332.jpgIMG_20221125_185707521.jpg

Pizzas were absolutely wonderful. I can thoroughly recommend Papy Pizza!

Some reading listen to the wind getting up! It's supposed to get up to about 70km tonight...

Tomorrow we head further south into Spain and the timeshare apartment in Alcossebre.

It will be the longest single days driving of the entire trip. The sooner we get away the better. We can't check-in until 4pm and I don't want to be driving all day with nothing to break up the driving.... I think it's about 400 Kms.

Posted by InvictaMoto 19:12 Archived in France Comments (0)

Awaycation Winter 2022 - Day 4

Heading further south. Today was supposed to be a shorter day on the road.

The overnight stop being the Camping-Car Park site at Castelnaudary. It should have been about 170 miles.

The reason I didn't want to go further was so we could pop in to see an old friend and workmate who lives in a village between Carcassonne and Narbonne.

There is an Aire in Carcassonne but it doesn't get very good reviews.

Anyway. We had an easy run down the old N20. It was foggy when we set off. More than likely it was mist. As we climbed up and down the hills it got worse and worse. Cars still flew past us.... Radar for eyes?

First stop was in Cahors. When Neill and I came back from Aragón we stayed overnight in the Campanile hotel. I remembered across the road was an artisan bakery. I pulled in and Claire and I went in. A baguette, two pain Chocolat and two cakes later we were off.

The idea was to find a picnic spot for Reggie to have a leg stretch and widdle. Was there one? Non.

In the end I pulled across into an abandoned fruit stall. Once again the itinerant artists had covered every inch in paint.

Once on our way me navigated Montauban and then into Toulouse. Yes into rather than bypassing. Very slow going. At least once the mist had burned off it was around 16 °C and sunny.

One hold up was at the Leclerc in Castelnaudary. With no EHU we are using LPG more. As a result one of the 11kg bottles is getting to be about half full, maybe a little over. Leclerc was selling it for 90¢ a litre. At home you would be very lucky to get it at 90p!!! At today's bank exchange rate of €1.14 to the £ it's 77p. Not as massive a saving as diesel but worth filling up.

But would any of the Gaslow adapters fit? Would they buggery. We gave up. When we arrived at the site, I emailed Gaslow and sent a photo...

IMG_20221124_154402081_HDR.jpg

They called me back and as expected that white cap shouldn't be there. It's not part of the kit. Tomorrow I'll try to fill the tank again!

We eventually arrived on-site at 3.47pm. Still six hours on the road. Admittedly we did lose an hour on the A20 services to the south of Montauban.

So once on site we parked up. Pitches are delimited with square metal studs in the ground. We have and end and do no one should be parking on our left side where our door is.

Then as it was daylight and still bright, we set off into town. We are right next to the Canal du Midi. We walked along it. In town it seems there are lots of closed down and empty shops. We eventually found a bar open and had a nice chilled beer before heading back.

IMG_20221124_160905352_HDR.jpgIMG_20221124_160911703_HDR.jpgIMG_20221124_160637165_HDR.jpgIMG_20221124_162406992_HDR.jpg

Tonight's dinner will be steack haché and potatoes cooked in the RidgeMonkey.

Tomorrow I have programmed the Camping-Car parking spaces in Carcassonne into the satnav. There aren't many so if they are full we can abort. Hopefully we can get some pictures of the walked city.

Then we have a visit to John and Ann in Moux. As for the overnight? Undecided.

Posted by InvictaMoto 18:02 Archived in France Comments (0)

Awaycation Winter 2022 - Day 3

Once again sending using email. With WiFi it would be easier to access the
internet but the Camping-Car Park WiFi at Amboise didn't connect and it
looks like Souillac is also not working.

Anyway.

Set set off today about 10.10am. The first part of the drive was to take us
south-east towards Chateauroux to get on the A20. At Loches we stopped and
went into the Leclerc supermarket to get some food for the next few days.
Something we can cook that doesn't need the EHU! Nothing for the
microwave!!!!

Then onto the A20. As we turned onto it the satnav said stay on it for 130
miles. I thought it would be more.

We had two stops. Today has not seen as much rain on us but we seemed to
have been behind it judging by the spray from all the trucks!!

First stop for lunch and pee break for Reggie. We ate yesterday's baguette
(not a good idea) and some cheese and ham. Coffee was good.

The second stop was for Reggie's dinner..Dinner to us Southerners. Or it's
called tea for anyone from the North of England.

It was beginning to get dark when we rolled through the deserted high
street in Souillac. It seems Wednesday isn't a day for bars and restaurants
to bother opening. Maybe simply not enough tourists about?

The site was easy to find and not far from the town centre. Once parked up
we set off to see if anywhere was open.

We passed on small place that looked like a wine bar. It was showing the
Spain world cup game.

We went up on the main street. Only a "tabac" open. Retracing our steps
there was another "tabac" open but it seemed to be the hostelry frequented
by the screaming moped riders and their mates.

We returned to the first one for a beer. Spain were leading 3-0 when we
arrived and 4-0 when we left. It was chilly sitting outside with Reggie.

Once back we had dinner. Some sausages we bought in Leclerc and beans that
came with us!

Plus another beer. Just one can between us.

Tomorrow I might be able to get some photos in daylight.

IMG_20221123_190551532.jpg

IMG_20221123_181526458.jpg

IMG_20221123_174705491_HDR.jpg

IMG_20221123_190330276.jpg

Posted by InvictaMoto 19:48 Archived in France Comments (0)

Awaycation Winter 2022 - Day 2

With the internet being what it is I have decided to update using email.
Although paragraphs are set out correctly, it seems that once it arrives at
the blog end it all goes to pot.

Also it seems that any photos attached are "lost".

We set off from Formerie around 10am. We had had a decent enough night and
the small site was good value. It was flat and tarmac. Shame we had the EHU
problem.

Our journey to Amboise and the Camping-Car Park there was going to be the
longest single stint of the entire trip.

It was raining again a lot of the time! We were quite close before it held
off.

On arrival we crossed the first bridge to the island in the centre of the
Loire. It wasn't dark and once my card had been accepted we saw that the
vans park on the left. Pitches delimited by logs. It was very wet and the
pitches are all grass. We went past the two vans already there, and saw a
pitch with some gravel near the roadway. I backed in there so the front
(drive) wheels weren't on it. Easier to get off as it was still raining on
and off.

We were quickly off to get into town for a drink and maybe some shopping.

Claire went into a patisserie whilst I stood outside with Reggie.

At a bar we had barely drunk our warm wine and beer when Reggie lunged at
another dog that appeared from inside. The table went over and everything
smashed! My camera was in its bag and that was covered in beer.

Back to the can for wild camping. The EHU didn't work again!

Luckily the leisure battery charges up so we have light. The LPG gives us
cooking and heat when we need it.

Amboise cost us €13.05 for the night.

Tomorrow we have to go to Donzenac to the north of Brive or Souillac to the
south.

IMG_20221122_174852607_HDR.jpg

Posted by InvictaMoto 19:20 Archived in France Comments (0)

Awaycation Winter 2022 - Day 1 cont'd

rain

After the ferry crossing we emerged into a damp and drizzly Calais.
I had programmed Picard into the satnav and it looked as though it was taking us through the town. Instead it changed its mind and we we went via the A16.
Mission accomplished. Two kilos of Dogador bought and supplies for us from Auchan.
Bought ham, cheese, baguette, beer and of course, water for Reg.
We decided to stick with the A16. Mistake! After junction 26 it was solid traffic due to an accident..
Some 90 minutes later we eventually started moving. The right lane blocked by a truck that had left the carriageway and was half up the embankment on its side. Its load being bulldozed away to allow a tow truck to recover it. When it arrived!
It meant that we arrived at the Camping-Car Park site after dark.
It's not far from the village. But after a long day to travel a mere 150 miles in mostly lashing rain we decided to drink the Raoul beer I had bought. At 7% ABV it was a bit too strong for knock it back beer.
I took Reggie for a short walk towards town during a lull in the rain!
The site here only has six pitches.
We did have a problem with the electric hook-up. It started working then stopped. None of the sockets would work.  We cooked on gas.
It was very cold at around 6 °C and the heating would have been nice. With electricity we can leave it on all night with the thermostat turned low to keep the chill off the air. Not as easy with the gas heater. 
We decided to try again the next night...
Then it was time for bed. 

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android - hence the terrible paragraphs!!

Posted by InvictaMoto 18:56 Archived in France Comments (0)

Awaycation Winter 2022

Day 1 - On our way!

rain 9 °C

Up early this morning to ensure that we would leave home at the estimated time of departure of 8am.

Final packing of the van and we left home at 8.09am. Not bad for us.

I wanted to be away early for the 9.55am ferry so that we could get to Travelex to get the Euros I had ordered online.

Both French and UK passport controls had no queues and we drove through in minutes. We had a security inspection but no one asked about our LPG being turned off. Instead they swabbed the door handles for drugs I suppose.

Checking in less of a hassle than Eurotunnel. Show the AHC with our passports and we bip Reggie's microchip.

We got a coffee and as I was waiting at Costa for some sausage baps they called us. Simple loading and a lift right next to where they parked us.

The pet lounge is signposted once you get to Deck 8. Couldn't see it mentioned in the lift. A crew member pressed the button.

There are just one other couple with us in the lounge. Unfortunately they have two of Reggie's least favourite dogs with them, a pug and a boxer!

Luckily there are sectioned off areas so they can't see each other.

After a while Reggie went to sleep.

IMG_20221121_100753799.jpgIMG_20221121_100746060.jpgIMG_20221121_101639737_HDR.jpglarge_IMG_20221121_095944123_HDR.jpglarge_IMG_20221121_102104267_HDR.jpg

Next stop will be Picard and Auchan in Coquelles to get Reggie's raw food and stuff for us.

P.S. You may have noticed I have removed Sun from the title. The forecast looks like we won't see any this week!!!

Posted by InvictaMoto 10:23 Archived in France Comments (0)

Awaycation Winter Sun 2022

Update Friday 18th November.

This evening I checked all the satnav locations had been entered into the Ohrex satnav. I reported a few problems to Ohrex a while back and they simply sent me a new one! I had most of the waypoints as I knew them in September in the old one. I have now entered them in to the new one.

I was hoping to be more flexible on this trip and make only a few bookings. And that has been the case. In France I have estimated roughly where we want to be each evening, and have selected Camping-Car Aires in the chosen areas. With some alternatives.

After Formerie that I booked a few weeks ago for the first night, I have pretty much left the drive to the Mediterranean coast free. I intend to check on the camping-car app and see where there are pitches free on the day. Hence a first choice and an alternative in some cases. As we have gas onboard we could forego electricity hook-ups (EHU) but if the site has the option and it is included in the overnight price, why not use it?

One other booking I have made is at Calamocha Motorhome and Camper area on the drive up from Olivia/Gandia towards Zaragoza and the north of Spain. Google Maps doesn't do it any favours but the punters on Park4Night app can't all be wrong giving it 4* or even 5*. So tonight I decided to book now whilst I can at €12 a night including electricity.

I also topped up the Camping-Car card with €25 whilst I was spending money. Formerie is already paid for online but to access later sites having some credit on the card might help with getting access. At the current rate it might cover two sites.

We have Reggie's AHC as well. Collected today from Abbeywell in Folkestone. We are lucky that they are local. It's all done online and they need the details of the rabies jab sent to them by the administering vet and they do they paperwork. This one cost £69. In June the first one cost £99.

Another task was getting all the non-clothing related packing done! I have a football boot bag stuffed with chargers for all the equipment including the MS Surfaces we both have, phones and Bluetooth headsets.

Suki unfortunately is equipped with an antediluvian sound system comprising of a radio CD unit. I have been sorting out some CD's to take with us! Latest purchases of Luke Combs and Zac Brown burned from the MP3 purchases made and in my iTunes library.

A test drive today had Suki not starting. Sitting on the drive for two weeks in the cold and damp, plus torrential rain (!) seemed to have been a problem for the battery. I got the dbPower 600 out of the garage to give the battery a chance. Once hooked up to the battery it started first time. I will be taking this with us! I bought this back in 2017 and it has given excellent service ever since. It can fire over a 2.2 litre diesel well enough as well as in the past my 2.3 litre Triumph Rocket III!

We had a run of about 30 miles to Dover and back to dry the damp out of the system and get it running. Fingers crossed on Monday!!!

Posted by InvictaMoto 23:10 Archived in France Comments (0)

Awaycation Winter Sun 2022

Four days to go!

Actually it's more like three and a half days to go. We need to get cracking.

Tomorrow, we have to take Reggie to Folkestone to get his latest AHC, and his microchip to be checked.

We then need to get the van started to make sure that she is running okay. I checked the oil and in the 4700 or so miles we have already done since we bought it, it has dropped a hair's breadth. I have invested a tenner in a litre of oil though to take with us.

Today I have been getting the route sorted and mapping it out in my book for Claire to follow. For the French section out and back I have the AA map book. I my mapping I have entered the overnight stops, the map pages and square where they can be found, i.e. Page 231 C5. Plus a rough distance between each stop. Totting it up comes out at about 3700 kms. This is an estimate based on Google Maps between stops and non-toll routes.

Of course. We still have to pack our personal stuff.

Gulp.

Posted by InvictaMoto 22:08 Archived in France Comments (0)

Awaycation Winter Sun 2022

The Long Way Up!

"What a diff'rence a day made,
Twenty-four little hours,"
(Dinah Washington, 1959)

Not quite 24 hours in this case. The hunt for a vet is over. I was up late into the wee small hours Googling and using the Google Maps overlay together for inspiration. The vets ideally needed to be alongside or close to the N10.

I found a vets website that contained a few different branches that were clustered around the east of Bordeaux and fired off an email to several of them. The idea is to stay at the aire de camping-park at Libourne. I thought that we would be able to visit one for Reggie's AHC and worming tablet to be done the day after the overnight.

Success. This morning we had a reply from the vets in Cavignac. It's about 25 minutes according to Google Maps from Libourne and three days before we land in the UK. Perfect.

It's Sod's or Murphy's Law that after emailing around eight or nine vets since October 23rd and not getting a single response, that today I get two responding from last night's email out! I have written back to both. One to accept the appointment and the other to offer a "désolé but I have accepted another earlier offer".

Also during my late sojourn at the laptop I was looking for a replacement for the Lac de St Cyr aire. It's in the middle of nowhere and some of the reviews say that for a few extra €'s there is campsite next door with all the facilities. I had a look and the campsite closes on the 30th September.

So whilst I was still buzzing I had a look on the Camping and Motorhome Club site. They do bookings for overseas campsites. As luck would have it there is a 4* star, open all year site, near Poitiers at Saint-Georges-lès-Baillargeaux - Camping Futuriste. It looks to be very close to Futuroscope. Whereas the site in Spain had the club price about twice that of booking direct, the opposite is true here! So I booked. It's £18.75 for the night with all services. As with most places the season ends in September and so only the basics are open. As long as we can dump the waste and fill up again all will be fine.

There are supermarkets nearby and we can get provisions and eat in!

Any other changes?

At the moment, but as Dinah sang above....

Posted by InvictaMoto 13:53 Archived in France Comments (0)

Awaycation Winter Sun 2022

The run back.

Of course this all hinges on which vet we manage to get a response from! So far we have struck out!

To make sure that the 120 hours before we step paw on UK soil was not messed up, I mapped out the days backwards from the time we get back.

Then I started to look along the non-toll route from the booked campsite in Haro, in the Rioja, to Calais and then started to chop the trip up into manageable chunks roughly the same size. With that in mind the hunt for a vet could begin.

I ended up working my way back from the Saturday before we come home back to Thursday. If we have no takers I could push appointment back to the Wednesday afternoon!!! As long as it's after about 3.30pm UK time!

At the moment I have possible stops at:

Labenne Ocean
Libourne near Bordeaux
Lac St Cyr near Poitiers
Belhomert near Chartres
Flocques on the Channel coast.

I might change the St Cyr stop as there is a campsite nearby that will give us the extra facilities. I will wait a while before I head down that rabbit hole. After a few nights having to use the onboard facilities it would be nice to be able to refill with water and of course, get rid of the waste!

Each day is planned to be around 220 to 240 kilometres a day. This gives us time so see something, and the day we eventually get a vet's appointment, time to visit for the job to be done and then get to the site. The last day from (currently) Flocques is around 148 kilometres to Calais and the port.

But. As I said it all hinges on the vets!! I have contacted a lot from the Google Maps overlay that was shared with me a while back. Some of the contact details are out of date and even Google searches failed to find the contact. Some others had up to date websites. Hopefully one or more might get back to me. I have concentrated along the N10 from around Bayonne to Poitiers so far. One group has several practices around the south-east and east of Bordeaux. Fingers crossed!

Posted by InvictaMoto 20:47 Archived in France Comments (0)

Awaycation Winter Sun 2022

First stop secured!

The Camping-Car Park site a Formerie is a small one with only 6 pitches and all of them are supposed to have electricity. Seems like a good place for an overnight for the first night of the trip.

I decided to book it early as it is so small. I have monitored it over the last few days and it has been full in the week and today it is showing 3 of the 6 pitches booked.

Once we get across we will need to go to Picard in Coquelles to get Reggie his Dogador food before we head off down the A16 to Abbeville and beyond. For the first night we don't want to be too late arriving so we can get into the village and see what shops there are. There's supposed to be a bakery nearby. Whether it will be near enough to walk to get some fresh bread and maybe a croissant I don't know at the moment.

On Google Maps there does seem to be an Aldi and even an Auchan Locale in the village. There is also a Total petrol station that with any luck will have diesel a a decent price!

Formerie.jpg

We might get time on the way to stop at a supermarket on the way down and buy all the things that as a "third nation" we can't take with us. Oddly we have the same food hygiene and biodiversity standards as when we were in the EU but not this isn't good enough now.

"Lass uns gehen". "Vamos". "Allons-y".

Posted by InvictaMoto 16:38 Archived in France Comments (0)

Awaycation Winter Sun 2022

40 days to go!

With forty days and forty nights to go, the trials and tribulations of the trip are being exacerbated by the fuel strike currently being fought across France.

It's been going on for about 12 days already but we have yet to hear anything about it on the venerable BBC News outlet. I only heard about it by seeing and reading threads on a number of Motorhome forums!

Hopefully it will be resolved and Macron will put the 30 cents discount at the pump on every litre of fuel as he has done throughout the summer.

Nervous times across Europe?

Posted by InvictaMoto 22:46 Archived in France Comments (0)

Awaycation Winter Sun 2022 - The way South!

More changes!

I have been looking again at the route down. Since dropping Blanes I have been looking to change the distances between stops.

We will still have five days to get from P&O Calais to Laroque near the Franco/Spanish border. The sixth day will be a longer run from the Aire at Laroque-des-Albères to Playa Romano in Alcossebre. It looks to be around 400 kms, although most of the drive is now on the toll free AP-7 motorway. We can't check-in to Alcossebre until 4pm in any case. Even if it takes us 5 hours to cover the distance we should have plenty of time for stops on the way. And maybe a little sightseeing.

So there have been a few changes on the run down. We are mostly sticking to the route south of Rouen taking in the N154 and the various parts of the A20/N20 route south.

The first stop will now be at Formerie. It's just south of the A29 and just about constitutes Normandy. It's a small aire of only six pitches so hopefully in November it will have some free space.

Claire and I went to Amboise back in 2001. we went on the new Suzuki Bandit 1200 and stayed in a Logis de France hotel a short walk from the city bridges over the Loire. It's a date we will never forget as it was the 11th September. We had been to the Château du Clos Lucé to see the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition. We had just walked under the towering Amboise chateau on our return to the hotel when we saw the planes crashing into the World Trade Center. it was in a TV shop window and as the sound was down we thought it was a movie! cards marked when we got back and the US citizens at the hotel were trying to all the US.....

We have never been back although it was been on our plans to do so. So this time i have been looking at the aire or maybe the campsite next door. The Camping-Car aires tend to be open all year where campsites hibernate after the end of September or begrudgingly it seems hang on until October...

I am currently torn between Amboise or Chenonceaux. They aren't too far apart and so maybe leave that decision to see how we fair on the drive down from Formerie!

Stop 3 - Donzenac near Brive in the Dordogne. This means we are back onto the A20/N20 route after a little detour off it to go to the Loire stopover.

Stop 4 - Revel. This is a difficult one as there isn't much available as you head towards Toulouse. It's only about 150 miles from Brive so there's opportunity to stop and enjoy the sights.

Stop 5 - is still the one near Laroque-des-Albères. That one hasn't changed. It looks peaceful enough.

I have tried to choose places that are easily accessible and also near enough to local services to get food and maybe have a meal and a drink if we don't want to cook in the Van. I have also looked for Aires that have a EHU for every pitch. Some sites don't have a 1:1 ratio.

Posted by InvictaMoto 14:07 Archived in France Comments (0)

Awaycation Winter Sun 2022 - Another AHC

A job for today was to get the AHC organised for Reggie to come on the trip. I had a look on the Abbeywell site and saw that it is pretty straightforward.

You need to send them a copy of pages 1 and 4 of the previous AHC and as long as nothing has changed, it hasn't, the repeat AHC will be £69.

I did add a note to the the email this all goes in to say that page 4 wasn't filled in correctly by the Abbeville vet as they hadn't a clue how to do it. They were used to the EU Pet passport and the French Government didn't seem to be helping much with guidance on the internet.

Posted by InvictaMoto 15:16 Archived in France Comments (0)

Awaycation Winter Sun 2022 - The way South!

Slight changes!

I have just returned from Spain after a visit by motorcycle to the Aragon MotoGP. The route we took down was via the N10 non-toll route via Tours/Poitiers and Bordeaux. Crossing the Pyrenees by the Col de la Somport. Most of that looks do-able in a motorhome.

The return route was via the N20/A20/N20 route from Lleida crossing the border into France and heading for Toulouse and then up the non-toll route via Cahors, Limoges and Orleans and then to Chartres/Rouen and Abbeville back to Calais.

That is also very scenic and do-able in a motorhome. The route through the Pyrenees on the N230 in Spain accommodates HGV's and so a Moho would be no problem at all.

I have a friend and old workmate that has moved from northern France to the South in recent years and he has suggested that the N20/A20 route is the way he travels to and from Calais. I need to find where he lives so we can drop in. Nearer the time i might see if he has a vet locally that can issue an EU pet passport for Reggie!

This means that the planned route from earlier just needs a little tweaking. I had hoped to stay at Argèles sur Mer. Claire and I stayed a few nights in a hotel there a while ago when we went in the C3. Many years ago we camped nearby for a week in the summer. But, looking at the Camping-Car app doesn't fill me with any confidence about the aire. From Google maps it looks like an ordinary car-park! The "satellite" version of the map shows loads of cars and not many vans or Mohos.

I have looked for an alternative and the aire at Laroque-des-Albères looks good and is near enough to the town to walk in and get to the shops and maybe a bar for food and definitely a drink. So only one change to the plan.

We have been watching some vlogs of a couple called "The Slaws" on YouTube. They seem to go everywhere and are quite good (and humorous) in the vlogs of their trips. I doubt we'll be in that league...... although Claire has bought a selfie-stick!!

The revised overnights are probably going to be:

- Evreux
- Chaillac
- Caussade
- [[https://www.campingcarpark.com/en_GB/stay/stopover-site-motorhome/occitanie/66-pyrenees-orientales/laroque-des-alberes|Laroque-des-Albères]

You may have noticed that Blanes has disappeared. Part of the refit. More later on the change to the journey down.

So that's the latest situation. I will start to look at the return from Alcocéber soon. It's a little under two months before we set off for Dover and the P&O Ferries crossing to Calais.

I emailed P&O to ask about the pet check-in. At Eurotunnel there is a separate check where his paperwork and chip are checked. At Dover he stays in the car.... We shall see!!

Posted by InvictaMoto 13:13 Archived in France Comments (0)

(Entries 1 - 15 of 44) Page [1] 2 3 » Next